EUGENE, Ore. – With Thanksgiving just two days away the stoves are about to be fired up and the turkey basted, but one local woman is making sure those left on the streets have something to be thankful for too.
On any given day the WJ Skate Park and Urban Plaza is home to the homeless. Yet, on Thanksgiving morning the homeless will be welcomed to a free meal from a local mother and her son.
This all started when Tabatha Meyer created a post on Facebook which said she wanted to serve soup and hand out “Blessing Bags” to those in need.
The response was immediate and this past week she and her son Kyle have been collecting donations from folks throughout the Eugene-Springfield area.
She said these donations have helped her make “Blessing Bags” which are large Ziploc bags filled with the essentials such as, scarves, hats, hygiene products, and snacks.
Meyer said in addition to handing out several bags, she plans on giving away coats, blankets and toys that have been donated throughout the week as well as a warm bowl of turkey noodle soup.
She said people who are homeless deserve to have more and are some of the most appreciative people you can meet.
“I feel really good, I want to see them smile,” said Meyer. “What homeless person or anybody that needs something complains or doesn’t say thank you or isn’t appreciative?”
Meyer said she will be able to serve up to 50 to 100 people and said folks are more than welcome to come down to help out at 10:30 a.m.
She also said if she has any leftovers, she plans on coming the next day to continue serving.
Meyer said if you want to donate or volunteer you can contact her on her Facebook page “Helping Hands Delivering Smiles.”